Last month I posted a blog on grace as unmerited favor, and also as divine enablement. It’s the divine enablement that empowers us to live in God’s favor. Unfortunately, there is a movement in the church referred to as “Hyper-grace”. Since we’re all under grace we an live any way we want. In his book, Hyper-Grace; Exploring the Dangers of the Modern Grace Movement, Dr. Michael Brown writes:
The truth is that the modern grace message is quite mixed, combining life-changing, Jesus-exalting revelation with serious misinterpretation of Scripture, bad theology, divisive and destructive rhetoric, and even fleshly reaction. And, in all too many cases, it is being embraced by believers who are not just looking for freedom from legalism but also freedom from God’s standards.
It’s in God’s grace we walk continually in forgiveness, but Paul addressed “freedom” versus “license” in his letter to the church at Rome:
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:1-7 NKJV)
The message here is: Experience God’s grace. Grow in His grace. Enjoy God’s grace. It’s God’s gift. But realize that grace is freedom from sin, not freedom to sin.